Deutsches Haus at NYU and Farrar, Straus and Giroux present a reading by the Swiss author Christian Kracht from his new novel The Dead. The reading will be followed by a discussion of his work with Eric Jarosinski, the author and editor of @NeinQuarterly.
About the book:
In The Dead, Christian Kracht mines the feverish early days of Weimar Germany for a Gothic tale of global conspiracy, personal loss, and historical entanglements large and small. In Berlin, Germany, in the early 1930s, the acclaimed Swiss film director Emil Nägeli receives the assignment of a lifetime: travel to Japan and make a film to establish the dominance of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi empire once and for all. But his handlers are unaware that Nägeli has colluded with the Jewish film critics to pursue an alternative objective—to create a monumental, modernist, allegorical spectacle to warn the world of the horror to come. Meanwhile, in Japan, the film minister Masahiko Amakasu intends to counter Hollywood’s growing influence and usher in a new golden age of Japanese cinema by exploiting his Swiss visitor. The arrival of Nägeli’s film-star fiancée and a strangely thuggish, pistol-packing Charlie Chaplin—as well as the first stirrings of the winds of war—soon complicates both Amakasu’s and Nägeli’s plans, forcing them to face their demons . . . and their doom.
Farrer, Straus and Giroux will publish Daniel Bowles's English translation of The Dead in July 2018.
Christian Kracht was born in Saanen, Switzerland, and currently lives in Los Angeles. He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, New York, in 1989. In the 1990s, Kracht worked as a journalist for a number of magazines and newspapers in Germany, including Der Spiegel. Between September 2004 and June 2006, he published the independent literary magazine Der Freund in collaboration with Eckhart Nickel. In November 2006, he was a regular columnist for the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Christian Kracht's books have been translated into twenty-seven languages. His previous novel, Imperium, was the recipient of the 2012 Wilhelm Raabe Literature Prize.
Once a professor of German language and literature, Eric Jarosinski has gone on to find his true calling as a former professor of German language and literature. He is currently the editor and sole author of @NeinQuarterly, the world's leading fictitious journal of utopian negation (found on Twitter), and a columnist for the German weekly Die Zeit. In addition, Jarosinski regularly takes his stand-up philosophy/sit-down comedy on the road as part of his ongoing Failed Intellectual Goodwill Tour. His writing and stage performances have been featured in numerous international publications, including the New Yorker, The Economist, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and El País. Jarosinski's first book, Nein. A Manifesto., was published in six languages.
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